10 Fastest-Growing Non-Luxury Crossovers From February
Crossover vehicles have become immensely popular in only the past few years, and while midsize sedans are still tops as far as American consumers are concerned, crossover utility vehicles are making gains thanks to their appeal as being both fuel efficient, enormously practical and versatile for their size, maneuverable, and all-around decent performers.
Data recently published by Polk indicate that even with the growth of the crossover segment in recent years, it’s still gaining at a rapid clip as new and reenergized models are released. “Among the 18 small mainstream crossovers now on the market, 15 enjoyed year-over-year sales gains in February, and several of the winners played a major role in their respective brands’ February successes,” Polk said in its statement. “At the segment level, the February results were extraordinary. Non-luxury compact crossovers captured 14.8 percent of all February sales, up from 11.7 percent a year ago and 13.8 percent for all of 2013.”
Non-luxury compact CUV deliveries saw gains of 27 percent from last February despite the industry lying down flat.
“It is unlikely the segment can continue to grow at the same pace in the next few years. All the mainstream makes are now in the segment, and before the end of 2013 we will see sub-compact crossovers hitting the market from mainstream makes such as Honda,” the site said. “Although these smaller vehicles will not offer the ideal combination of car and SUV features mentioned above, it is almost inevitable that their sales will eat into the compact category to some degree.”
10. Chevrolet Captiva Sport
The Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Captiva is in an interesting spot. The vehicle, which many might recognize as the last generation of Saturn Vue before the brand was folded, is only sold in the continental U.S. through a certified pre-owned program; it is also sold in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Nonetheless, sales for the Captiva have soared, up 15.1 percent to 4,452 units, up from the 3,867 vehicles it moved in February of last year.